Governor Abbott wants Texans who receive food stamps to be able to use them at drive through and take out restaurants in all of Texas.

The Governor sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture, Abbott is requesting a waiver that would normally restrict Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients from using their benefits at restaurants.

Texas Health and Human Services

The Governor says using those benefits at locations that allow drive-thru or takeout service would create another food source for 3.2 million Texans.  Abbott’s office also stated:

“As we continue in our efforts to combat COVID-19, the state must do everything it can to make life more manageable for citizens and ensure that Texans can provide meals for their families," said Governor Abbott. "This waiver will go a long way in doing just that. I urge the federal government to quickly approve this waiver, giving Texans another food option during this public health emergency”

A copy of the letter Governor Abbott can be found here.